America’s Got Talent: Kelly Clarkson to replace Simon Cowell due to back injury

Kelly Clarkson and Simon Cowell
Kelly Clarkson and Simon Cowell

American Singer Kelly Clarkson will replace Simon Cowell as a judge on America’s Got Talent after the latter broke his back in an accident at the weekend.

As a result of the accident, Cowell will sit out the rest of the current season and now the singer who owes her career to the music mogul is joining the show as a judge.

According to, Clarkson will join regulars Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 11-12, 2020) as the show returns.

“My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT, but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson,” Clarkson says. “You’re welcome in advance!”

Clarkson will not find herself in an unknown terrain as aside winning the first season of American Idol, she’s also a judge on The Voice. She was named Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host at the recent Daytime Emmy Awards.

Meanwhile, Cowell has pulled all his commitments for the foreseeable future after undergoing a five-hour surgery on his back following a fall from an electric bicycle in the yard of his Malibu, California home on Saturday, August 8, 2020.


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